Perfect Pace Running Playlist
Run to the beat of this music playlist to set the perfect pace for your runs!
Check out this playlist for the perfect running music to keep you on pace! Running with music is great, but running to the beat of the music is even better. This running playlist was specially selected to target the optimal running turnover of 180 bpm (beats per minute). Run to the beat and have a great workout!
Don't run at 180 bpm? No problem! Check out my other bpm paced playlists:
170 to 180 bpm running playlist
160 to 170 bpm running playlist
photo by Ed Yourdon
Turnover, as measured in beats per minute, is simply the number of times that your feet strike the ground in one minute. 180 bpm means that you take 180 steps in a minute, or that each foot hits the ground 90 times in a minute.
Many experts have studied running biomechanics, and 180 bpm seems to be the consensus for what optimal turnover should be. Many (perhaps most) runners actually have a slower turnover and make it up by taking longer strides. But longer strides put more strain on your joints and muscles and are less efficient for long distance running.
Check out this article from Runner's World for more information.
Running to the beat of a measured playlist will keep your turnover at the optimal rate, and help you to find your best running form!
If you're not at 180 bpm, don't worry! Run at the pace that's right for you. I'm creating more playlists for other turnover rates and will list them here when they are complete.
The Perfect Running Playlist - 178 to 182 bpm - preview tracks in the player or select individual tracks from the Track List below
These energetic songs were hand picked to power up your run targeting 180bpm. These are some of my favorites that I use when I run.
Genres include Ska/Punk, Alternative, and Indie. The playlist contains 14 songs for a 45 minute workout.
Remember, adjust your stride to match the pace of the music. Shorter steps are healthier, give you better running form, and help you keep up with the rhythm.
Amazon mp3's are DRM free - so you can easily import them into iTunes. Just download the tracks you want and remember what folder you put them in. Then from iTunes, simply go to File and select Add file to library. Navigate to the folder where your tracks are, select them all, and click Open.
Now you've got your tracks in iTunes!
Want to make a bpm playlist in iTunes?
Simply go to File and select New Smart Playlist. Match the rule BPM is in the range 178 to 182. (Or pick whatever range you prefer for your runs)
Check Live Updating and then as you add tracks to iTunes, just make sure to enter the bpm in the track info, and your playlist will automatically update!
Most people don't run at the optimal turnover rate. If you know what your normal turnover rate is, let me know! I'll be developing more playlists and will target the pace based on poll results. Also, please drop a comment below to let me know what music suggestions you have!
Looks like 170 to 180 bpm is the most popular pace range. Get your 170 to 180 bpm running music playlist here! More coming soon!
What's your normal running turnover rate?
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